Digital overload is exactly what it sounds like, an overwhelming flood of information and stimulation from digital devices, and according to a survey from Microsoft it effects at least 34 percent of all employees. What’s more is this near-constant access to digital technology can be stress inducing, which could negatively impact your mental well-being.
To ensure that you avoid digital overload, considering adopting these five beneficial practices:
Leave your phone outside the bedroom at night: According to a survey conducted by Personnel Today, 4 out of 5 people use their phones as an alarm clock. This may seem harmless, but the light emitted by your phone negatively affects levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.
Keep your phone out of reach at home: Keeping your phone physically out of reach can help you use it less. That way, your body will be able to maintain its natural sleep cycle more easily.
Turn off notifications and use ‘airplane mode’: Turn off all of your phone’s notifications to make sure that you are not disturbed during sleep.
Take physical notes: Instead of reaching for your phone every time you feel the need to look something up, make a note and then check a number of items at once when you have a sizeable list.
Practice mindfulness: Try reading a book, going outdoors or interacting with people in person rather than digitally.